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Case Name : Deoyani Movies Pvt. Ltd. Vs ITO (ITAT Pune)
Appeal Number : ITA No. 873/PUN/2019
Date of Judgement/Order : 31/07/2020
Related Assessment Year : 2009-10
Courts : All ITAT (7471) ITAT Pune (254)

Deoyani Movies Pvt. Ltd. Vs ITO (ITAT Pune)

No Penalty can be Levied on Cash Deposits if Assessee Explained its Source from Earlier Withdrawal and Recorded in Books of Accounts

Simply because cash deposited in the bank is a little more than the cash sales, it cannot call for any addition, what to talk of penalty, unless it is proved that the excess cash deposited had no origin. Where the assessee tenders explanation that the excess cash deposit represented cash withdrawals at the earlier stages, there can be no question of making any addition and the consequential penalty, moreso when the entries of cash deposits and withdrawals are recorded in books of account regularly maintained by the assessee and that are not found fault with by the AO. We, therefore, setaside the impugned order and delete the penalty sustained in the first appeal.

FULL TEXT OF THE ITAT JUDGEMENT

This appeal by the assessee is directed against the order passed by the CIT(A)-2, Aurangabad on 19-03-2019 confirming penalty of Rs.1,38,772/- imposed by the Assessing Officer (AO) u/s. 271(1)(c) of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (hereinafter also called ‘the Act’) in relation to the assessment year 2009-10.

2. Briefly stated, the facts of the case are that the assessee made cash deposits in its bank account during the year to the tune of Rs.1,12,93,100/-. The AO found that the cash sales were shown only at Rs.1,07,99,000/-. On being called upon to explain wherefrom the remaining amount of Rs.4,94,100/- was deposited, the assessee submitted that some of the cash withdrawals or part thereof was re-deposited in the bank. The AO made addition by observing that the assessee failed to furnish any evidence for the differential amount. It is with reference to this amount of addition to the tune of Rs.4,94,100/- that the instant penalty of Rs.1,38,772/- was imposed, which came to be affirmed in the first appeal.

3. We have heard the ld. DR through virtual court and gone through the relevant material on record. There is no appearance from the side of the assessee. It is seen that the assessee is a private limited company and has maintained regular books of account, which is borne out from the audited balance sheet, whose copy has been placed in the paper book. The penalty is based anent to the addition of Rs.4,94,100/- which was made by the AO on the ground that the cash deposits in the bank at Rs.1.12 crore and odd were more than the cash sales at Rs.1.07 crore and odd. There is no dispute on the fact, which is also evident from the Statement of facts filed before the ld. CIT(A), that the cash deposits in the bank was duly recorded in the cash book and nowhere the AO pointed out any sort of negative cash balance in the cash book. We fail to apprehend any reason for the disallowance at the first instance for raison d’etre that the assessee was maintaining books of account and the cash deposited in the bank to the tune of Rs.1.12 crore and odd was duly reflected in the books of account. It is basic that once cash deposit entries are recorded in the books of account, there can be no question of treating such amount as unexplained unless and until the AO finds a negative cash balance in the books of account on any date anterior to that. Here is a case in which the assessee deposited certain cash out of sale proceeds, withdrew some part and redeposited the amount of Rs.4,94,100/- over the year. Simply because cash deposited in the bank is a little more than the cash sales, it cannot call for any addition, what to talk of penalty, unless it is proved that the excess cash deposited had no origin. Where the assessee tenders explanation that the excess cash deposit represented cash withdrawals at the earlier stages, there can be no question of making any addition and the consequential penalty, moreso when the entries of cash deposits and withdrawals are recorded in books of account regularly maintained by the assessee and that are not found fault with by the AO. We, therefore, setaside the impugned order and delete the penalty sustained in the first appeal.

4. In the result, the appeal is allowed.

Order pronounced in the open Court on 31st July, 2020.

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